LENT: A TIME FOR GIVING UP AND TAKING ON
The Spirit enrolled Jesus in the school called wilderness to prepare him for ministry. The teachers there were solitude and emptiness, vastness and space, necessity and frugality. The subject to be studied was the human heart in its temptations and supports. The three temptations link Jesus with the past history of the Israelites in the weaknesses shown and supports given by God during the Exodus journey. Lent calls us to get in touch with our inner weaknesses and sources of strength.
Obedience to God’s law features in all 3 readings. The original temptation was to usurp God’s authority by claiming moral autonomy: You will be like gods, knowing good and evil. Adam’s disobedience brought about the fall but Christ’s obedience brought redemption. Lent is a time for giving up and taking on. Why not give up all our compromises and ways of disobeying God’s will: and take on a daily search for what God wants of us. You must worship the Lord, your God, and serve him alone.
Wishing all Parishioners & Friends Happy and Blessed Sunday! – Fr Francis, MSP